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#38 – Justin Mensinger

Dive into the world of Justin Mensinger, the LA-based designer championing sustainability through exceptional craftsmanship. Influenced by his Midwest roots and inspired by the blend of luxury streetwear and vintage at Goodwill and RSVP Gallery, Mensinger transforms discarded materials into fashion masterpieces. Celebrated as the winner of HBO Max's 'The Hype', his mission "From the Past, For the Future" resonates powerfully in today's fashion world. Join us as we uncover the journey of a rising icon shaping the nexus of fashion and sustainability. Listen to the full episode now.

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Justin Mensinger

Justin Mensinger is an American born, Los Angeles based designer known for his focus on sustainability and acute craftsmanship. Being brought up in the Midwest has had a major influence on Mensinger, inspiring him to use his hands and any resource available in order to create. Much like his grandparents which inspired the designer from a young age through quilt making and handcrafted ingenuity, Mensinger has honed in on his ability to reuse, up cycle and reimagine any material he can get his hands on, turning discarded and ordinary materials into wearable works of art. Working at the Goodwill and later at RSVP Gallery served to open Mensinger’s mind and illuminate the intersection between luxury street wear and vintage apparel. The juxtaposition of the designer’s experiences exposed him to high-end, tailored Japanese garments and truckloads of unwanted material. The combination of knowledge and resourcefulness from which Mensinger’s mission statement “From the Past, For the Future” was born. Mensinger’s trajectory was substantially heightened by his victorious appearance on HBO Max’s The Hype, season one. As the winner of season one, Mensinger’s unique eye and attention to detail gained him international recognition, amplifying his message of sustainability with echos now being heard throughout the fashion world. With several brand deals under his belt and his continual expansive projects, Justin Mensinger is projected to become a powerhouse within the fashion and art worlds.

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Matt Gondek is a Deconstructive Pop Artist, whose work is possessed with a punk rock spirit, celebrating rebellion and destruction. With a visceral pop color palette and a disarmingly playful tone, he tears down cartoon idols, akin to slaughtering our modern day gods. Born in 1982, his creative voice is rooted in the 90s; as a true conduit of his generation and their potentially pointless search for meaning and purpose amidst a cruel life in a flawed world. He boasts sold out exhibitions in his home of Los Angeles as well as New York, Paris, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.


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